Bernie Sanders in Boston

Monday, November 21st 2016

From WBUR:

In this Jan. 21, 2016, file photo, then-Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign stop in Peterborough, N.H. (Matt Rourke/AP)

Bernie Sanders, In Boston: Democratic Party Needs To Focus On Working Class

In Boston on Sunday night, former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders asked Democrats to pay close attention to the lessons of the election, arguing that the party needs to have a reckoning about why it lost.

“The working class of this country is being decimated — that’s why Donald Trump won,” Sanders said. “And what we need now are candidates who stand with those working people, who understand that real median family income has gone down.”

The Vermont senator spoke to a sold-out crowd of more than 1,000 mostly young people at the Berklee Performance Center, promoting his book, “Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In.”

Asked by a questioner how she could become the second Latina senator in U.S. history, Sanders said a candidate’s gender or race isn’t enough.

“I have to know whether that Latina is going to stand up with the working class of this country and is going to take on big money interests,” Sanders said.

He added:

[H]ere is my point — and this is where there is going to be a division within the Democratic Party. It is not good enough for somebody to say, ‘I’m a woman, vote for me.’ No, that’s not good enough. What we need is a woman who has the guts to stand up to Wall Street, to the insurance companies, to the drug companies, to the fossil fuel industry.

In other words, one of the struggles that you’re going to be seeing in the Democratic Party is whether we go beyond identity politics. I think it’s a step forward in America if you have an African-American CEO of some major corporation. But you know what, if that guy is going to be shipping jobs out of this country, and exploiting his workers, it doesn’t mean a whole hell of a lot whether he’s black or white or Latino.

Sanders was recently added to Senate Democrats’ leadership team, taking on the position of head of outreach for the caucus.

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3 Responses to Bernie Sanders in Boston

  1. Baba/Bubble Wow says:

    I have never understood the term “working class.” Who doesn’t work?
    Can you clarify for me after having heard Bernie talk about it?

  2. He told a lot of stories of manual labor and minimum wage type jobs, people struggling to even remotely earn a living wage and make ends meet… not business people, managers or intellectuals etc. with salaries. For better or worse nothing like we have ever known first hand.

    “In Marxism, this term refers to propertyless factory workers.”

  3. Basically the opposite of the corporate elitism that hijacked the Dem party and alienated so many this year… inspiring them to take refuge in the comforting arms of the full-on alt-right lying oligarch sack-o-shit bag-o-dicks Nazi GOP.*

    *(My interpretation, not in fact stated by Bernie Sanders.)

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